Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-12-2014, 03:21 PM   #41
Senior Member
vwteleman's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 637
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

Originally Posted by geoffff
So, I see the following advantages for the custom bumpers:
  • more storage (yeah, this is the one feature I'd really love to have)[/*:m:19ln0qzi]
  • bad-ass look[/*:m:19ln0qzi]
  • winch mount[/*:m:19ln0qzi]
  • tow points (but can use hitch-mounted alternative)[/*:m:19ln0qzi]
  • rear tire carrier (but there is a stock bumper alternative)[/*:m:19ln0qzi]
Don't underestimate the importance of protecting your radiator from megafauna!


2008 E350 EB, V10, GTRV Conversion
vwteleman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2014, 03:07 PM   #42
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Bay CA
Posts: 1,078
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

I guess I'm confused. I got a grill guard, but kept the stock bumpers. Sorta caught between monster truck and soccer mom....

I do like the lightness of the stock bumper, cheap price, and easy replacement. Helpful when people crash into you BTW. And you can bend steel back.

2001 Ford E250 Sportsmobile with Salem-Kroger 4x4 conversion
rob_gendreau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2014, 07:23 PM   #43
Senior Member
pinz712's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 154
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

Any more info on the hidden winch? Can you keep a front hitch? [/url] [url]
pinz712 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 01:16 AM   #44
Senior Member
ctb's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: iowa
Posts: 804
Send a message via AIM to ctb
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

As we went over my inside plans again and again…looked at the 'outside' order sheet (though I went with Jon at Quadvan). back and forth, on the forum, joining the forum, looking at pics and reading suggestions….My wife and I agreed, we were only going to be ordering a SMB Econoline 350 one time…it's going to be a dream come true…we are going to be spending a lot of time in it…and face it, a lot of money…we weren't going to short our 'dream-rig' on trying to save a few dollars (comparatively) on two or three items that affected the looks SO dramatically (though I really like the basic gold SMB on page two)…or as they say, "It only cost a dollar more to go first cabin", we pulled the trigger and went big….mmmm, we never looked back, and, if you do it at order,you won't have a larger add-on bill when you want to do more or spoil your rig after you've had it awhile…look at the forum…we are always looking at adding something or tweaking something…it all about the love of our rigs…eh SMB brothers!?! Go big young man…GO BIG!
'13 MDX 'BigBlackmobeebs'
'01 Lexus 430 LS 'Luxobeebs
'20 Tacoma TRD OR 'Tacobeebs'
ctb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #45
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 173
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

Has anyone out there who kept the stock steel/chrome bumper removed the black plastic shroud from below it?

I keep thinking about it, but have resisted the urge. I'm concerned that once I get it off, and if I don't like "the look", it would be a huge PITA to put it back on with those goofy little compression fittings that hold it on.

One would think removal would increase airflow to an already hot engine compartment?

2005 SMB RB 50 4X4 w/ a 6.0 PSD
flyfisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2014, 11:35 PM   #46
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 22
Re: Why bumpers and fender flares?

Originally Posted by Ford_6L_E350
My wife thought the lifted van looked 'wimpy' with stock bumper on the front.
She sounds like a keeper!

InigoMontoya is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.